When USA’s hit series Psych returns Wednesday, it will end an almost 10-month hiatus that has tested the patience and well-being of even the most dedicated of Psycho-O’s. But if the first three episodes are any indication, fans should know that the long (long) wait has been worth it – Psych is back, and better than ever.
Back in May, Confessions Of A TV Geek visited the set during the filming of their landmark 100th episode, “100 Clues” where we had the opportunity to speak with the cast and creative. Fan favorite Dulé Hill shared some hints about what fans can expect from Gus when the show returns.
So, we hear Guster gets a love interest this season. Can you talk a little bit about that?
“Yeah, we have the lovely Parminder Nagra. Gus finally kind of takes a few steps into the relationship world, and it still doesn’t go exactly as planned, but so far, so good. I think it’ll be exciting for the audience to see how Gus interacts in relationship land. I don’t know how long it’ll last, but it’ll be there for at least a little while. I’m a big fan of hers, so the fact that she was able to come up and join us has been great.”
Can you talk a little bit about the growth in Gus for the last six seasons?
“Well, I think going from the beginning of the show to now, Gus definitely stands up for himself more. You know, I think at first he may have been a little more not so comfortable in his skin, but now he’s very fine with who he is. He appreciates that he has all this random trivia, and likes to eat food, and I think early on, Gus wasn’t really thinking at all about a relationship. He was just thrilled to be moonlighting as a psychic detective. But now he’s looking for something beyond just hanging out with Shawn all the time, so I guess that would be the arc of it. The only thing Gus has really wanted to do over the last couple years, and I think it’s coming to fruition now, is getting into a more mature relationship. I think he’s wanted that for a while. I mean, not early on in the show, but I think over the last couple years he’s wanted to have something more beyond just going to work. And as he’s getting older, he’s starting to realize that there has to be something more than this. [Laughs.] At some point, the ruse is going to be up and people are going to figure out that Shawn is not telling the truth and what is he going to do next? And I think also, him seeing Juliet and Shawn has kind of turned a mirror on himself. ‘Cause when it was just him and Shawn having fun, then it was all fine. But now the time has to be split a little bit. So what is he going to do with his time?”
How will this new relationship affect his relationship with Shawn?
“Well, I think they will have the bromance. I mean, no matter what happens, that will always be the core. Even with Shawn and Juliet, you know…Shawn and Gus are still extremely tight, and I don’t think anything will ever get in between. There may be challenges at different points, but when it comes down to it, there will never be anything that gets in between Shawn and Gus. Simple as that.
They said we get a musical episode this season. Is there going to be a lot of dancing?
“You know, I wouldn’t mind it. It’d be fun. But you know, it’s all in the mind of Steve Franks, so…”
What would you like to see for Gus in the future?
“Well, I have a feeling the future’s not too much longer…I mean, you know, 100 episodes is a long time. What would I want to see Gus do? I definitely want him to have a love interest. I wish I had something very, very substantial to give to you. You know, the relationship was the big thing for me. I really wanted to see Gus explore that world, you know? And I think I would like to maybe see him have another family episode.”
With 100 episodes, what’s your most memorable moment?
“That’s a hard one. I honestly will say the most memorable moment will probably be when Roday came to my house before my screen test. He already had the job, and I thought that was very cool for the lead actor to come to my house to work on the scene, so that we’d be ready to go when I walked in the room. I think that kind of set our dynamic up. But it’s so many, though. It’s been a great ride, I’m very thankful.”
As the date draws near, we’ll have more coverage on the 100th episode, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and interviews with the cast and guest stars Christopher Lloyd, Leslie Ann Warren and Martin Mull. For now, keep a watch on Confessions Of A TV Geek for more from our set visit, including chats with stars James Roday, Corbin Bernsen, Kirsten Nelson, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, and show runner Steve Franks.
The season premiere of Psych airs Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10/9c on USA.